Around 60 waterside workers, family and friends assembled outside the gates of the Geelong wharves today as MUA members took 24 hour stoppage protesting poor safety and conditionsRead more
"(Strike) is the last card in the pack. You know and these guys have been hanging on to the breath for a resolution for nine months and they're asphyxiated." - Paddy Crumlin, ABC Radio AMRead more
MUA workers on several of Patrick bulk and general cargo facilities have declared enough is enough: they will risk their lives and livelihood no more without a clear commitment to safety from management.Read more
How the workers at Patrick Port Botany came together to get Steve his job back.Read more
John Howard has finally admitted to conspiring with Christopher Corrigan to bust the Maritime Union of Australia in 1998, Paddy Crumlin, the union's National Secretary said today.Read more
Howard memoirs raise ghost of '98 - ex PM admits to being conspiring with Reith and Corrigan to break union.Read more
The Australian wharves fell silent on April 7. At 10am towering cranes, frenetic straddles and gantries were switched off. In Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne, Darwin, Devonport, Brisbane and Botany, ships sat idle for one hour as Australian waterside workers walked off the job.
Outside the Greek Orthodox church in the western Sydney suburb of Hurlstone Park, two buses unloaded around 200 stevedoring workers from the Port Botany wharves. Many wore their yellow safety jackets – on their sleeves the words ‘best be safe’.
Nikolaos Fanos, 49, waterside worker, husband and father died tragically on the night shift at Patrick Port Botany at around 7pm, Palm Sunday, March 28.
Ports were closed for stop work meetings to call on the government for a national safety code to be enforced on the docks.Read more
Today MUA members at Patrick bulk and general, Darwin will be gathering at their local pub to have a few beers and toast the union victory over Patrick. Last week Fairwork Australia upheld the stand by MUA wharfies, that the company could not unilaterally do away with shift work and introduce day work.Read more
Laurie Fraser, retired Port Botany wharfie, took annual leave and set himself at the community assembly in April, 1998, the Patrick lockout for the month. At the Sydney monthly meeting yesterday, his commitment to the union was recognised with a plaque and standing ovation.Read more